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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. When I started in the 1990's, the US was a bit behind in that department.
Still, with San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.
Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then

As a matter of fact, after another 10 years (2015 and beyond) the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here.
Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, we've been getting more big trance parties every year, including many top DJs that come visit us what feels like every other week now (as of 2018-2019), and through those events, I made many friends in Trance Family SF. Thanks to you all.

Over those years, I got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants (version 3) and (version 4)

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2019/10/17 ADE 2019 Day #2: John OO Flemming, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Paul Van Dyk at Shine, Panama, Amsterdam
π 2019-10-17 01:01 in Clubbing
The evening was a bit longer than that, but I missed the beginning because I was at the ASOT Studio until 22:00, and then had a 30mn bike ride from there to Panama by the Amsterdam central station.
The security was nice enough with my led outfit, but as minuses, and it seems to be widespread in Holland: - pay to use toilets (argh) - lockers you pay for (ok, that one is fair enough) - trying to enforce that you can't bring water in, because they want to sell you 20cl (so small!) glass bottles that cost more than beer or energy drinks per volume (OK, that is plain sad). - and some places even add a stupid token system

DJ lineup:

  • Saad Ayub
  • John OO fleming
  • Paul Van Dyk
  • Alex M.O.R.P.H.
  • Jordan Suckley
  • Lostly

  • there was a secondary room
    there was a secondary room

    Video summary of the night:

    I arrived in time for John OO Fleming's set, which was quite enjoyable, and it's always fun to see John with his huge smile :)

    Alex M.O.R.P.H. was next, and he went for it:

    he nicely took a picture with me at the end
    he nicely took a picture with me at the end

    Paul Van Dyk was next. Sadly part of his set was plagued with sound cutoff issues that took a while to fix. On the plus side, he got some nice dancers with lasers:

    jordan Suckley was next, but his hard trance was not my favourite, and I had seen him 2 weeks prior in San Francisco, so I went to get some much needed sleep after following a bit of his set :)

    Panama was probably the best club in Amsterdam. It's not huge, but it's well equipped. For one, they have a decent laser setup:

    the lasers nicely did not make a hole in my hand
    the lasers nicely did not make a hole in my hand

    I always enjoy looking at the visual control setups:

    Despite the sound issues, it was a good night with top DJs. Glad that I went.

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